Personal Interview: Model questions & answers for MBA Admission 2014

MBAUniverse.com News Desk |
November 22, 2013
This article are aimed to equip you with suggested approach along with model answers to probable questions that may figure during the Personal Interview session in final admission round to top B-schools.
The PI questions can be both generalized and specific. Questions are more or less simple and broad, how you answer them is very important

This article are aimed to equip you with suggested approach along with model answers to probable Personal Interview - PI questions that may figure during the Personal Interview session in final admission round to top B-schools. Taking a step forward for the benefit of aspirants, we provide here under a set of model PI questions and suggested approach to answer the same. 

The PI questions can be both generalized and specific. Questions are more or less simple and broad, how you answer them is very important. Here are the probable questions related to your personal-self and surroundings to which you belong.

Probable Question-1 -Who decides your dress code? How did you decide on today’s dress?
Suggested Approach to Answer
a. If you decide your dresses on all the events and occasions, say so. You may expect more questions on it –How and why. So be clear about it – You liked it on your own, your parents or friends suggested it etc. The dresses for interview etc. are formal one and according to the season- you might be wearing a suit, shirt-pants with tie or so. All the details on color choice etc. should be clearly presented.

b. If someone else decides your dresses and that day’s dress is also decided by that person- be clear with logic- why the particular dress was selected.

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Probable Question-2. What are the other examinations you have appeared in/ qualified?
Suggested Approach to answer-
a. If you appeared in other examination tell the interviewers. If you have qualified anyone/more than one, there is no harm telling them. You should however, be ready to face one or two more questions on it like – why did you appear in other examination, were you not confident enough to clear it etc. - So it is always good to have more choices, although you would prefer the particular Institute.

b. If you appeared this examination only – you may again expect more questions like-why didn’t you appear in more examinations? Suggested answer to this question could be - As I was confident enough to qualify this examination, I didn’t appear in other one.

Probable Question-3. Why do you want to pursue MBA after graduation in Engg/ Medical/paramedical/ arts & literature/ commerce etc.
Suggested Approach to Answer-
a. Since your decision to join MBA has been taken after lot of discussion and information shared among- you, your family and friends- you can be categorical in stating that the decision is taken after a careful thought. You would be able to do better in life with enhanced knowledge and skills.  Managerial role requires other skills apart from your technical knowledge so it will be the right decision.

b. Beware of being a tall talk, asking for trouble, on the question.

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Probable Question 4. What are your hobbies and interests?
Suggested Approach to answer-

a. The hobbies that you filled up in the form should be clarified. If your hobby is music- you must know number of things about it – like events, instruments, personalities, and various parts anything. You could be asked – Pt. Ravishankar has recently gone for his heavenly abode – Awards won, the instrument he played, where was he born, where did he die, his family members, achievements etc. You must also be aware about the instrument you play and the environmental details of the same.

b. If you are in the job-you may be asked the question –how do you get time to practice, what inspires you, how did you get to this hobby? You may present the things straight. If there is anything you don’t want to tell, you may hide it but don’t bluff to hide something.

c. Even if other hobbies and interests, apart from one, are there like – reading books, trekking, travelling, playing with toys etc. Anything can be your hobby but you must know as many things as possible related to it.

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Probable Question 5. How did you prepare for the examination? Was it a self preparation or you joined some Coaching Institute? Which one and why? What would you recommend for future aspirants?

Suggested Approach to Answer-

a. If you prepared on your own without the help and guidance of any mentor or any coaching –tell the board.

b. In case you prepared with the guidance of some reputed coaching Institute e.g. MBAUniverse.com, answer could be like – Sir, I made all out efforts to prepare on my own but since I am an Engineering graduate, Verbal Ability was my weak link and most of the fundamentals of quant. were difficult to remember, I found it appropriate and quite cost effective to go for comprehensive online classes offered by MBAUniverse.com along with other study material provided by them.  It has been quite helpful for me. 

c. You could without hesitation recommend your preferred coaching institute – like – Sir, time is precious. Since understanding the concept and clues is difficult and more time consuming, spending lot of money is also an issue; I would recommend the flexible and all time available cost effective Online CAT/XAT coaching imparted by MBAUniverse.com. The aspirant has more time to solve the practice questions.

Probable Question -6: Which B-school do you want to join as you have received the call from other ones also?

Suggested Approach to answer-

a. Apart from this one you have received the call from other institutes also and you have filled this information in the form as well. You can be straight on this point. It is always good to have choice. You, if asked, may convey the given option where would you like to go.

b. If you think that it will be difficult for you to enter the other Institute, tell the interviewers that you would prefer the present one. However, have some positive points on the same else it will appear misleading. Besides you can clarify that you would have joined the other institute but given the high percentile requirement or so, you would prefer joining the present one. Better to let the board know what you think.

 

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